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Sean O'Regan's Dehler 31 Vespucci has jumped into the overall lead of the Citroen South Dublin Turkey Shoot Series after five races sailed at the Royal Irish Yacht Club hosted event.

The Dehler has broken the stranglehold of the J109 design but Ruth and Jalapeno still hold second and third respectively.

Download overall results to date below.

The penultimate race of the series starts this Sunday.

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Handicaps and starts for next Sunday have been issued by DBSC Turkey Shoot organisers.

The seven-race series sponsored by Citroen South Dublin heads into its fifth race with J109s firmly in the lead and taking the top three places overall in the 75 boat fleet. Read our race four report here.


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The crew that recovered a man overboard and then retired from the race last Sunday has moved into the overall lead of the DBSC Citroen South Dublin Turkey Shoot Series.

After four races sailed, and one discard applied, Tim and Richard Goodbody's J109 White Mischief leads the record 75-boat fleet. Second is J109 National Champion Joggerknot and in a big show of strength for the J design, third is another J109, Jalapeno. 

Download overall results below.

In a fourth race, full of drama last Sunday, redress was given to the boats involved in men overboard retrievals and to those assisting boats that were dismasted in big seas and 15-knot breezes. Read's report here from one of the MOBs.

The Goodbody's crew were early leaders in this seven race series but lost out overall in race two to the Sunfast 3600, Hot Cookie

The fifth race takes place this Sunday morning. Lighter winds are forecast.

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More great sailing conditions of 15 knots or more and another great turnout for Dublin Bay Sailing Club's Citroen South Dublin Turkey Shoot as it passed the halfway stage of the series in yesterday's fourth race off Dun Laoghaire.

With race start times from 10 am, some (black sail) boats are on the race track from 8. 30 am such is the level of competition now generated for the popular series.

With four separate starts for the 75-boat fleet and some keen jostling for the pin end, Race Officer Henry Leonard got the fleets away promptly for three rounds of a course that featured a near one-kilometre beat, a gybe mark, and a downwind to the West Pier Outfall mark before a finish off that pier's lighthouse.

Turkey Shoot Henry Leonard 3492Race Officer Henry Leonard underneath the DBSC Turkey Shoot flag Photo:

Turkey Shoot Henry Leonard 3492Great racing for all types of cruisers in the second start

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Mixed sportboats

A great turnout of mixed sportsboats saw a keenly contested start with the 1720 Wolfe, full of Royal St. George One design talent, including Neil Hegarty, Peter Bowring, Bill Nolan and John O'Connor, winning the pin end battle. 

Turkey Shoot 3501Ten seconds to go to the mixed Sportsboat third start and the race is on for the pin end...

Turkey Shoot Henry Leonard 3492....intense concentration on the RSTGYC 1720 skippered by Dragon ace Neil Hegarty

Turkey Shoot Henry Leonard 3492....five seconds...

Turkey Shoot Henry Leonard 3492With one boat clearly over as the gun goes, Hegarty nails the start....
Turkey Shoot Henry Leonard 3492....and the RStGYC 1720 gets clean away at the pin

As well as 1720s, there are several J70s and J80s competing, including one of the Royal St. George's newly refurbished J80 fleet. 

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Turkey Shoot Henry Leonard 3492(Above and below) One of the Royal St. George's newly refurbished J80 fleet

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Turkey Shoot Henry Leonard 3492In 15 knots and an edd tide, the outfall buoy proved a tricky leeward mark in race four

Turkey Shoot Henry Leonard 3492(above and below) The Royal St. George Yacht Club's Wolfe was a clear sportsboat winner on the water in race four

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Big J109 turnout

In the fourth start of the day, a great mix of cruisers zero and one came to the line to challenge any summer turnout. The Grand Soleil 34 debutante JustTina was out again as was the Farr 42 Wow. Both Sunfast 3600s were on the line, as was the former Turkey Shoot winner Mermaid, a Beneteau 50, and the top DBSC J97 Windjammer too, but the most popular type was the J109 that made up six of the sixteen-boat fleet.

It was nip and tuck, right off the line for the two top J109s in the country and when White Mischief (Tim Goodbody) and Juggerknot (Andrew Algeo) split tacks halfway up the first beat there was only a boat length between them. White Mischief rounded first and looked to gain initially downwind but the intriguing dogfight was shortlived because White Mischief was diverted to come to the rescue of a Man overboard. Read more here.

Turkey Shoot Henry Leonard 3492In the fourth start, top Irish J109s fight for the pin end....

Turkey Shoot Henry Leonard 3492Seconds after the start White Mischief, to weather, gets a nose out in front of national champion Juggerknot....

Turkey Shoot Henry Leonard 3492...but it is short lived as Juggerknot skipper Andrew Algeo powers off (above and below)

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Turkey Shoot Henry Leonard 3492By the weather mark, White Mischief leads Juggerknot by two boat lengths or more

Turkey Shoot Henry Leonard 3492Sunfast 3600 Hot Cookie

Turkey Shoot Henry Leonard 3492J109 Ruth

Turkey Shoot Henry Leonard 3492Sunfast 3600 YoYo

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Turkey Shoot Henry Leonard 3492A mix of cruisers at the gybe mark includes Yoyo (Sunfast 3600), Dear Prudence, a J109, and the J122 Jib and Tonic

Sailing coach Maurice O'Connell shot the video below from the stern of Brendan Coghlan's "YoYo" (O'Connell was tactician). Olympic squad Laser sailor Ewan McMahon (in blue cap) was trimming the kite. The video shows the last leeward mark rounding (the yellow out fall mark off the back of the West Pier).

Turkey Shoot Henry Leonard 3492Overall Turkey Shoot leader, the Beneteau 31.7 Camira

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Race four results to follow on's dedicated Turkey Shoot section here

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Today's fourth race of the DBSC Turkey Shoot Series on Dublin Bay had a man overboard incident where a sailor was successfully rescued from the water by a competing boat. Here, Martin Byrne, a former Edinburgh Cup Dragon Champion, tells how he fell overboard from his 1720 Sportsboat 'Nick of Time' and was successfully recovered by Tim Goodbody's J109 White Mischief crew.

I was helming the 1720 A Stitch in Time. We were on the run on the second round of the race. After planing down an especially big wave the boat heeled to windward and as we were all positioned well aft I lost my balance and with nothing to hold onto and I fell overboard.

Stitch in time 0585Helmsman Martin Byrne fell overboard when the 1720 sportsboat heeled to windward in big seas Photo:

My immediate thought was that I very grateful for my lifejacket and knew that I would be able to tread water until someone picked me up. However, this took a lot longer than I expected. My own boat were in difficulties as they struggled to get the spinnaker down and sail back to retrieve me. It was then that Tim & Richard Goodbody on the J109 White Mischief noticed that I was in trouble as I hailed them for assistance.

"I lost my balance and with nothing to hold onto and I fell overboard"

I was very cold by this stage and as the waves were breaking over me I began to swallow a lot of seawater. White Mischief was dropping all their sails and preparing to pick me up. It was difficult for me to swim with a full set of winter sailing gear on and I was beginning to get very tired. Eventually, they manoeuvred astern towards me and because of the very low overhang at the back of the J109 they were easily able to pull me aboard.

Tim Goodbody white Mischief 4786Tim Goodbody (right) and the J109 White Mischief crew recovered Martin Byrne from the water Photo:

So no lasting damage but extremely grateful for the quick thinking, good seamanship and selfless action by the crew of White Mischief.

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The new Grand Soleil 34 'Justtina' that is cutting a dash as it debuts on Irish waters at the DBSC Turkey Shoot marks a return to sailing for her skipper John Treanor who forged a love for yacht racing on his first Dun Laoghaire to Holyhead ISORA race over 30 years ago.

"I set out to buy a boat that could be cruised by just myself and my wife (Tina). Hence the easy single handed set up", Treanor told,  "But at the same time, having raced in my youth, I wanted to buy something that could cruise fast and had the potential to race well if I chose to do so".

Grand Soleil 34 Justtina 0809Its long windows and wide stern make this Small Grand Soleil instantly recognisable. The deck plan has been arranged for easy singlehanded or shorthanded racing, and that was a feature that appealed to new owner John Treanor

Grand Soleil 34 Justtina 0809This new Grand Soleil model is an attempt to produce a boat with the same impact that the previous Finot-designed GS34 had

Treanor says he set out to buy a J112E but when he went to look at the boat at Key Yachting in the UK he also saw the GS 34 which had just arrived and he says "it seemed to better match my requirements than the J". 

Grand Soleil 34 Justtina 0809Christened 'Justtina', the name honours John Treanor's wife and sailing partner, Tina

Below he relates the story of how the boat was purchased and his plans for her.

"Myself and Tina subsequently saw the two boats side by side at the Southhampton Boat Show and I got the clear instruction “You are buying the Grand Soleil”.

A few weeks later, I sailed the tiller version on a blustery day in Southhampton.

Grand Soleil 34 Justtina 0809Justina has an aluminium mast with high performance tapered profile 9/10 fractional rig, has two sweepback spreaders in order to maximize jib roach and a 9/10 forestay

The tiller just didn’t work for me as the helming angle was wrong and the tiller tended to kick aggressively upwards in the gusts. In addition, the tiller intrudes into the open layout of the cockpit and reduces the free movement of the crew.

Grand Soleil 34 Justtina 0809John Treanor on the wheel of Justtina with support from Maurice O'Connell of North Sails Ireland (left). He opted for the twin wheel version that allows much more cockpit space

However, I am sure that an out and out racing owner would probably opt for the tiller version. Ultimately I opted for the twin wheel version.

Regarding performance, the boat is currently been sailed with a very limited sail wardrobe and the rig has not yet been set up properly.

In addition, to say that it is not been helmed very well (my fault) would be an understatement!

Despite all that, she performs well on the water and on the odd occasion when I do my job right she can point as high and sail faster than the 109s. Which is better than I expected.

Downwind she can’t sail as deep as the 109s but with a proper kite would probably sail faster than them.

Grand Soleil 34 Justtina 0854The design aim of the GS34 is to create an offshore racing boat that is both easy to sail at maximum performance and a very comfortable fast cruiser

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Regarding my plans for next season, I am not based full time in Ireland so that somewhat limits my ability to take part in long series racing.

So, for now, I plan to do the ICRAs followed by D2D then back to Cork for Sovereigns Week and back for the Dun Laoghaire Regatta.

I will try to do a couple of ISORAs (my first ever racing experience was a Dunlaoghaire to Holyhead ISORA over 30 years ago)

And then a few weeks based in Crookhaven in August.

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The fourth race of the DBSC Citroen South Dublin Turkey Shoot Series will see a discard applied to the overall results.

Handicaps and Starts for next Sunday's racing on Dublin Bay are downloadable below.

After an epic third race, the 75-boat fleet is currently led by the Beneteau 31.7 national champion, Camira.

The seven-race series hosted by the Royal Irish Yacht Club continues until December 16th.

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The Beneteau 31.7 National Champion Camira from the Royal Irish Yacht Club leads the Citroen South Dublin sponsored DBSC Turkey Shoot Series after three races sailed. The Dublin Bay regular skippered by Peter Beamish leads by two points overall from the dark-hulled J122 Jib and Tonic (Morgan Crowe) on 57 points. The J109 Jalapeno (Paul Barrington) from the National Yacht Club is third overall in the 75-boat fleet.

One time fleet leader, the Sunfast 3600 Hot Cookie has dropped back to ninth overall after last week's choppy race in 15-knots.  See race three photo report here.

Four races are left to sail with a discard set to kick in next week.

Download overall results below.

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The 75-boat DBSC Turkey Shoot fleet sponsored by Citroen had the perfect package of sun, sea and wind for its third race on Dublin Bay this morning.

A southerly breeze of 15 to 20–knots which produced a big chop, were ideal sailing conditions as the seven race series approaches its halfway stage with a record turnout. 

But it's not just numbers that are making this an impressive fleet, there's some great depth of quality too. The J109 National Champion Juggerknot is competing and the J109 runner-up White Mischief is also racing. Former ICRA Yacht of the Year, Class Zero's Farr 42 Wow (George Sisk) is competing and there is a buoyant fleet of sportsboats to eclipse summer turnouts.

Racing over an excellent course from Dun Laoghaire harbour mouth, a mixed fleet of cruisers and sportsboats raced to a laid turning mark before a short fetch, another mark and a second beat south across Scotsman's Bay in an ebb tide to the Muglins Rock before a long reach back home to a finish off the West Pier.

DBSC Turkey shoot sailing 0481Overall leader after two races sailed: John O'Gorman's Hot Cookie, a Sunfast 3600 Photo:

DBSC Turkey shoot sailing 0481The Sunfast 3600 sistership Yoyo is also making waves under skipper Brendan Coghlan Photo:

Going into the third race, the John O'Gorman skippered Sunfast 3600, (with Flying fifteen ace Ian Matthews steering) had a one-point lead over the Royal Irish Yacht Club J/109, Jump the Gun. Third is 2017 Turkey Shoot winner, the Beneteau 50 Mermaid IV.

DBSC Turkey shoot sailing 0015A great turnout of sports boats prepare for a pin end start in race three of the DBSC Turkey Shoot Photo:

DBSC Turkey shoot sailing 0481(Above and below) Big seas for the Turkey Shoot Big boat start Photo:

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One of the new arrivals to the Bay and debuting at this series is a new Grand Soleil 34 'JustTina'. For race three, she had North Sails tactician Maurice O'Connell onboard, a sailor who has had the Midas touch in this series so far having sailed the early leader J109 White Mischief in race one and then been on Hot Cookie as tactician in race two last weekend to edge the Sunfast into the overall lead.

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DBSC Turkey shoot sailing 0481Early leader: J109 White Mischief (Tim and Richard Goodbody) Photo:

DBSC Turkey shoot sailing 0481Morgan Crowe's distinctive black hulled J122 Jib and Tonic Photo:

DBSC Turkey shoot sailing 0481The J97 Windjammer (Lindsay J. Casey & Denis Power) Photo:

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After two races of the DBSC Turkey Shoot Series, it is Dublin Bay newcomer 'Hot Cookie' that that leads the 72–boat fleet in the pre-Christmas seven–race fixture sponsored by Citroen.

The John O'Gorman skippered Sunfast 3600, that will collect the best new boat performance at the DBSC Summer prizegiving this Friday evening, has a one-point lead over the Royal Irish Yacht Club J/109, Jump the Gun. Third is 2017 Turkey Shoot winner, the Beneteau 50 Mermaid IV.

Download overall results below

Last Sunday's turnout incorporated an on the water Commemoration for DBSC members killed in World War One and it was a bumper affair. The later start to facilitate Armistice Day meant both the in–harbour DMYC Frostbites, with an estimated 91 dinghies competing, plus the strong Turkey Shoot Cruisers out in the Bay produced a combined sailing fleet to rival any Summer Saturday.

Dublin Bay Rainbow 3469Up to 150 boats were sailing last Sunday with a rainbow to momentarily delineate dinghy and cruiser fleets on Dublin Bay: dinghies on the left inside Dun Laoghaire Harbour and Turkey Shoot competitors on the right Photo:

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The Half Ton Class was created by the Offshore Racing Council for boats within the racing band not exceeding 22'-0". The ORC decided that the rule should "....permit the development of seaworthy offshore racing yachts...The Council will endeavour to protect the majority of the existing IOR fleet from rapid obsolescence caused by ....developments which produce increased performance without corresponding changes in ratings..."

When first introduced the IOR rule was perfectly adequate for rating boats in existence at that time. However yacht designers naturally examined the rule to seize upon any advantage they could find, the most noticeable of which has been a reduction in displacement and a return to fractional rigs.

After 1993, when the IOR Mk.III rule reached it termination due to lack of people building new boats, the rule was replaced by the CHS (Channel) Handicap system which in turn developed into the IRC system now used.

The IRC handicap system operates by a secret formula which tries to develop boats which are 'Cruising type' of relatively heavy boats with good internal accommodation. It tends to penalise boats with excessive stability or excessive sail area.


The most significant events for the Half Ton Class has been the annual Half Ton Cup which was sailed under the IOR rules until 1993. More recently this has been replaced with the Half Ton Classics Cup. The venue of the event moved from continent to continent with over-representation on French or British ports. In later years the event is held biennially. Initially, it was proposed to hold events in Ireland, Britain and France by rotation. However, it was the Belgians who took the ball and ran with it. The Class is now managed from Belgium. 

At A Glance – Half Ton Classics Cup Winners

  • 2017 – Kinsale – Swuzzlebubble – Phil Plumtree – Farr 1977
  • 2016 – Falmouth – Swuzzlebubble – Greg Peck – Farr 1977
  • 2015 – Nieuwport – Checkmate XV – David Cullen – Humphreys 1985
  • 2014 – St Quay Portrieux – Swuzzlebubble – Peter Morton – Farr 1977
  • 2013 – Boulogne – Checkmate XV – Nigel Biggs – Humphreys 1985
  • 2011 – Cowes – Chimp – Michael Kershaw – Berret 1978
  • 2009 – Nieuwpoort – Général Tapioca – Philippe Pilate – Berret 1978
  • 2007 – Dun Laoghaire – Henri-Lloyd Harmony – Nigel Biggs – Humphreys 1980~
  • 2005 – Dinard – Gingko – Patrick Lobrichon – Mauric 1968
  • 2003 – Nieuwpoort – Général Tapioca – Philippe Pilate – Berret 1978

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